Morphogenesis and Human Flourishing

Part of the series Social Morphogenesis pp 1-27


Introduction: Has a Morphogenic Society Arrived?

  • Margaret S. ArcherAffiliated withCentre for Social Ontology, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick Email author 

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This is the last of five books in the series on ‘Social Morphogenesis’. Contributors explore whether or not Late Modernity is transforming into a Morphogenic social formation and, insofar as morphogenetic processes are intensifying, do these promote or diminish human well-being (Eudaimonia). After summarizing the four main characteristics of a Morphogenic Society, as discussed in previous volumes, we ask what needs to be the case for it to foster the human flourishing of all and the Common Good. It is maintained that this hinges upon human ‘capacities’ being developed and ‘liabilities’ reduced in relation to people’s ‘concerns’ (what matters most to them). It is argued that without further-reaching equality and participation the zero-sum replication of winners and losers will continue, meaning new opportunities do not enhance the thriving of the many.


M/M approach Defining morphogenic society Eudaimonia New variety Distribution of variety Opportunities and their beneficiaries